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When it is suggested that a group of people have their own collective way of thinking they are said to have a different mentality to other groups Mentalities characterise what is unique about a particular societys beliefs and thought processes and how these have been transformed over time 1 There are many accounts of the mystical and supernatural nature of thought processes by various groups from around the world but the notion of a mentality is something that can be related to all societies not specifically the primitive groups which have been subjected to much scrutiny by anthropologists From anthropologists fieldwork it is often impossible to identify any theory or source behind such beliefs because often the people being studied are themselves not aware of this This theory for beliefs is often what relates mentalities of one society to another even if on the surface there seems to be great diversity This is summed up by the following quote The quest for explanatory theory is basically the quest for unity underlying apparent diversity for simplicity underlying apparent complexity for order underlying apparent disorder for regularity underlying apparent anomalyBeattie Ref 2 Lucien L-Bruhl was a French sociologist who brought forward a theory behind apparent differing mentalities between primitive and modern societies 1 He identified what he saw as a prelogical mentality being the main feature of thought of primitive societies and it was this that was the main difference between the logical and scientific thought made in advanced societies He classed this as the primitive mentality11910 L-Bruhl believed that the method of European thought was to seek natural causes to phenomena and anything that could not be related to natural causes was put down to a lack of knowledge To people in a primitive society the cause of such phenomena would to them be supernatural 3 L-Bruhl believed that the modes of thought in a primitive society magic and religion which seem absurd to European societies
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